Imagine this situation:
You are a high-ranking member of the royal family. One day, you drive your expensive sports car to your downtown office, park it in the garage, and head to the elevator. You get in, and press the “6” button, to take the elevator to your sixth-floor office.
But as soon as the elevator doors close, you notice that 5 other people in the elevator have already made floor selections before yours—the buttons for 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 are already lit up (Figure 1).
Now, even though the other people are only peasants, you still have to stop on all five floors before you can go to floor six!
Surely this situation has happened to all of us. Read on for a solution!
Fig. 1: Left: A standard elevator panel (it might be European, since it has both a “G” and a “1,” or perhaps the illustrator made a mistake). Right: if the buttons for floors 1 through 5 are lit up, a person who wants to go to floor 6 would have to stop at all five intermediate floors. . . until now, that is.
In order to solve this problem, we introduce new “override” fingerprint sensors: one for each each elevator button (Figure 2).
Someone with authorization can put their finger on the on the override sensor for their desired floor, and the elevator will travel to that floor first (additionally, the elevator will not stop to pick up any passengers on the way).
Fig. 2: Each floor button has a fingerprint sensor next to it: if a high-ranking individual presses the fingerprint button, then all other elevator actions are cancelled, and the elevator goes directly to the desired floor. Fingerprint sensors are shown as separate buttons for clarity, but the sensors could also be directly integrated into each button.
As an example, if (A) the elevator is on floor 1, (B) buttons for 4, 6, and 8 are pressed, and (C) the high-ranking individual wants to go to floor 7, then the elevator will do the following:
- Go directly (up) to floor 7. This is where the high-ranking individual wanted to go, so the elevator skipped floors 4 and 6.
- Then, resume its normal behavior, as if the buttons for 4, 6, and 8 had just been pressed.
- Since the elevator was traveling upwards, it will go to floor 8 next.
- Since 8 is the top of the elevator’s current route, it will now become a “down” elevator.
- Now that the elevator is traveling downwards, it will go to floor 6 and then floor 4.
This system could also be used to give priority to various individuals; for example, what if both a duke and an earl use their fingerprint overrides—clearly the duke would have priority. Some cases may be less clear; does a baron outrank an archbishop? Undoubtedly, a complex set of rules would have to be included in the unlikely event that multiple high-ranking individuals entered an elevator at the same time.
PROS: Allows the rich and powerful to project their power in a new and unusual manner.
CONS: May cause a proletarian revolution to break out, which would have negative ramifications for the individuals who would make use of this elevator system.